Ama Pachana Tea Recipe 

Is Ama congesting your blood stream and causing inflammation and impaired digestion in your body?

Pachana is one of those words with many definitions some including "digestion, cooking, boiling" in reference to our health it means promoting digestion that includes ways to help your body heal from indigestion, helping toxins or cellular breakdown leave the body, and out ability to protect ourselves from the affects of allergens and harder to digest foods and there affect on our body.

What is Ama? In Ayurveda (Indian Medicine)

Ama is a product of indigestion formed in the stomach.  Ama causes congestion in the body; natural processes to help eliminate waste and cellular breakdown became impaired. Signs of Ama is one of the first expressions that physiological processes in the body are not functioning at a healthy level. 

Signs of Ama in digestion:

  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloated stomach
  • Food Sensitivities
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Lethargy
  • Tiredness

Ama can show up through the skin:

  • Red rash
  • Swollen skin
  • Itchiness

Ama can show up in the mind:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Lack of focus
  • headaches
  • drowsiness

Ama reduces are ability to digest foods. Our digestive fire, in Ayurveda, is called Agni.  When our body's digestion is impaired, our Agni and ability to digest foods also becomes impaired. Increasing our Agni, and ability to digest food is a way to support the body in better homeostasis and also naturally helps the body rid itself of access ama.

Ayurveda looks at food as cause and effect.  The following recipe can be used to improve digestion, and lets take a look at each ingredient and what its affect is on the body.

Fresh Ginger - warming, diaphoretic (helps against cold, flu, sinus and lung congestion) improves digestion.

Mint - cooling, improves digestion,

Fennel - cooling, helps the body absorb and cleanse trapped gas

Cumin - cooling, helps the body absorb and cleanse trapped gas

Black Peppercorns - warming, stimulant (increases circulation) enhance the bioavailability of several nutrients, including vitamins A and C, selenium, beta-carotene, and others, boosting one's general health. Increases nutrient absorption, improves the sense of smell, and has antimicrobial properties.

Clove -  warming, stimulant (increases circulation) analgesic (natural pain killer) high in antioxidents, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer properties, anti-microbial properties, anti-cough properties.  Because of cloves analgesic properties you might feel a numbing sensation, clove oil is often recommended on toothaches because of this. I have had clients use it to stop smoking, and it did assist in curbing cravings.  

Precautions: The herbs used in this decoction are stimulating and will increase circulation. If you are someone who has high blood pressure or any heart problems at all, please consult with your regular health care provider before using these or any stimulating herbs.  People with a bleeding disorder should not have cumin.

Ama Pachana Tea

  • Two quarts purified water
  • Two to three thin slices of FRESH GINGER
  • ¼ teaspoon of CUMIN seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon of FENNEL seeds
  • Two MINT leaves


  • Bring two quarts of fresh water and the spices to a boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Strain spices out of the tea (or use a tea strainer). Pour into a thermos (or insulated container) to keep the tea warm. Sip throughout the day. 

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